Originally posted on LaxSpot on 02/29/2008
OK, so it has been a couple of weeks since I posted, sorry. Between work and working out and finding time to spend with my wife, I have been a bit busy. So when I got back from the ski trip I was eager to get back in the weight room, I was also eager to get back on the scale. The thing is I have been building my cardio, and eating healthier but the weight had, simply NOT been “falling off” like mike, and I had hoped. Sooooooo, I started “logging” my eating habits…yeah I said I was “logging” my eating habits…SWEET.
As it turns out I was WAY over the top in carbs. I though all of the whole grains and granola would be helping me lose weight however, since I was eating sooo freakin much of it I was just staying the same. Now dont get me wrong, I have probably put on 7-10lbs of muscle, so I was losing fat, just not at the rate I wanted to…..long story short my weight had actually gone up, WHAT? 240lbs REALLY?!?!?! I mean my endurance is up my strength is up and my stamina is great. . .F-WORD!
Since I was “Logging” my eating, we came to this conclusion I needed to start on a high protein, veggie and fruit diet with limited carbs. . .as it seems I have plenty of FAT for my body to feed off of for energy. Now I am not cutting carbs out comepletely so I will still have some extra energy source…
In two weeks time I have dropped almost ten lbs. . .now this is the progress that I was looking for….I am sure however some of that is water weight, so I have to stay ahead of it by eating right.
Now, if you were ever a wrestler you would know that the human body in ideal circumstances (meaning, if you eat right and exercise regularly) will “Float”, as my father used to say, two pounds over night. that means I will lose two pounds every night, and if I exercise and continue to eat right I can get ahead of that two pounds..that’s right Breier, this is the secret!
OK, so what is the deal, with the right foods? Man this is the hardest part, the following is an example of what I will eat in any given day:
7:30a–two hard boiled eggs, and a piece of fruit
10:00a–celery with some(but no too much) peanut butter
12:00n–salad with chick peas, black beans, carrots, Bell peppers, and a can of tuna
6:00p–Chicken (no buttery, or oil based sauces, just bake it and eat)
Steamed cauliflower, with pepper NO salt, or butter
Canned corn again NO BUTTER OR SALT
7:00p–a piece of fruit for desert if I really want it
The thing is none of this would be that bad except that when I cook I want some flavor. Veggies are much harder to eat when you steam them and don’t put anything on them but pepper. . .Chicken is the same, the only saving grace is oregano, other than that I don’t put anything on it, it does not make for a very extravagant meal….Note: special thanks to Shannon my wife for eating this flavorless food with me, I know it sucks sometimes!
Now here is the kicker, if you eat like this for a week or so, and force this “flavorless” food down, your body will actually begin to crave it, you will actually enjoy steamed cauliflower with pepper. . .these foods are actually pretty good as they are…most of us are just so used to “More flavor” and “Extra Cheese”. . .In short the American eating habits reflect our society. . .MORE IS ALWAYS BETTER….WRONG!
OK so I have conquered eating…task complete…sooooo, what else am I doing? You might wonder why I titled this post “6:00am REALLY”…well, as you may recall I wanted to increase my time with Mike Duquette, and as it seems he teaches a class at 6:00a Monday/Wednesday/Friday at the college. This way I can work with him EVERY DAY of the week, and three of those days I can get home to Shannon and the dog by 5:30p instead of 7:00p. . .This has definitely been BETTER for me…besides the 5:00am wake up of course!
This class is all the things that Mike and I would normally do only more advanced and for twice as long, and the best part is I don’t have to pay a dime for this, since I am an assistant coach at the college this class is FREE, SWEEEEEEEET. Some 15-20 people come to the class regularly, including my mother, the health nut, who also happens to be a beast in the weight room! (just a little shout out). A lot of the exercises are weight enhanced and everyone is given the appropriate weight before the class starts (example: if we are using “plates” I would be given a 45lb plate and my mother would get a 10lb or 25lb). We usually do our dynamic stretching and move into footwork, followed by several short circuits and then one 20 minute circuit, finishing up with some more stretching for the last five minutes…the class totals an hour, hence the name “Power Hour” (Sorry fellas there are no shots involved).
Oh yeah, On Tuesdays and Thursdays I am doing cardio, Last night I thought it would be a good idea to do some stadium stairs….BAD MOVE…the womens lacrosse team was practicing, so I could not exactly stop after the first one. . .so I had to forge through until they left the field to avoid looking like a slacker….BRUTAL. Followed that up with some live draws with the team and some full field “situational face-offs”. . .This week has been a monster!
Until next time
P.S. I hope Shannahan is reading this stuff, I am looking forward to meeting him at the X. . .we used to have some great battles in college.